The root cap is a section of tissue at the tip of a plant
root. Root caps contain statoliths which are involved in gravity perception in plants. If the cap is carefully removed the root will grow randomly. The root cap protects the growing tip in plants. It secretes mucilageto ease the movement of the root through soil,cite journal
author = Raven, J.A.
coauthors = Edwards, D.
year = 2001
title = Roots: evolutionary origins and biogeochemical significance
journal = Journal of Experimental Botany
volume = 52
issue = 90001
pages = 381-401
doi = 10.1093/jexbot/52.suppl_1.381] and may also be involved in communication with the soil microbiota.
* [http://sols.unlv.edu/Schulte/Anatomy/Roots/CornRootCap.jpgCorn root cap]
* [http://www.soilandhealth.org/01aglibrary/010139fieldcroproots/fig8.jpgShows root cap location in root hair]
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